Recently, my older sister went to see the movie “Mother!”, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. I personally hate when movies are spoiled for me, but she persisted that she needed to tell me the meaning behind it; saying that I wouldn’t get it AT ALL if she hadn’t. So basically here is what you need to know before going into the movie:
A woman and her older husband live in a house in the middle of no where and a visitor comes. The woman is a bit freaked out by this, however her husband is extremely welcoming. The visitor brings his wife, who brings his sons, and eventually the house is filled with rude & overbearing people that the woman has to clean up after. Her husband, a writer attracts so many fans that worship him and things end up spiraling out of control. (I have said more than I should have). My sister told me that the woman is representative of mother earth and the man is God, making the visitors us; humans. She said “It’s super well done and very disturbing. You’ll love it”
So on Wednesday, my boyfriend and I went to see “Mother!” , and most of it I did not enjoy. It's not a movie for people who are even slightly squeamish / have seizures / are afraid of pregnant people. (THAT CANNOT ONLY BE A ME THING, COME ON). However that is not to say I am not glad I saw it. The movie was so well executed and disturbing enough to make you think about what humans are actually doing to this earth. The symbolism was perfect actually, however you must know about the metaphor of the story PRIOR to seeing the movie, or else you’ll probably just think you wasted your money. I think the directing of this movie was brilliant and if you are someone who appreciates great directing, this is something you should see. I believe the intension of the Black Swan director, Darren Aronofsky, was to provoke a conversation and he was successful. However, if you’re in it for a clear and intriguing story that is easy to a understand, do not see this. Also, on another note; Jennifer Lawrence was outstanding. I hate overhyped things in general and I hate that the media loves to fawn over her personality and her pure & American beauty, but her acting is rightfully critically acclaimed.
So why did people hate it? Over the course of reading several review, it was commonly perceived as a movie with scenes to shock just for shock value. People also were just too confused to even enjoy it. To top it off, some people got sick in the theater. Completely understandable.
However the director has defended his film, saying this was basically what he set out to do. (Although I don’t believe he intended to have his movie be one of only 11 films to get an ‘F’ rating on CinemaScore in history). Aronofsky not only said his movie was "a cinematic fuck you" but he also explained, “How, if you walk out of this movie, are you not going to give it an ‘F’? It’s a punch. It’s a total punch”. I see his point. Most people rate movies on how much the enjoy them (at least the common movie goer does). I didn’t enjoy it at all. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a quality movie and it doesn’t mean I am not happy I saw it. Just like great art isn’t always necessarily beautiful. Overall, I commend Aronofsky on making such a daring film, and I wish there were more directors willing to take such risk in going with their gut.
The Syrian refuge crisis is a topic widely known amongst Americans and Europeans; the ones living with the crisis outside their front door. However, the news is not speaking about the refuges from Rohingya coming to Bangladesh. The UN estimates the over 70,000 refuges have fled in less than a week. This is due to the fact that the Rohingya, a Muslim group of people living in Myanmar, are suffering from religious persecution of their military. Of course, the military is not taking responsibility for their crimes; claiming that this is the act of “terrorists”. This is a wild thing for an American to even imagine: the people who are suppose to protect you burning down your home.
The Rohingya people understand that they are still putting their lives in danger by fleeing. For example, a refuge boat recently capsized; killing 20 people, 12 of them being children. However, what choice do they have? There is no hope for a good life in their homes, so there only other option is to try and escape. These people have absolutely nothing left. It is hard for me to even imagine what it is to have absolutely nothing. For example, Nobin Shuna told CNN in regards to staying, “How could we survive? I have no money. After seeing the massacre, I traveled all the way to the Bangladesh border. I left my home four days ago. Now where would I go? My son was killed”. It is horribly ironic that Suu Kyi, the leader of the Myanmar’s leader is a Nobel peace prize winner, and she is the one in charge of the attacks. In my opinion, that title should be taken away. This battle between Buddhists and Muslims has gone on for many years and it has escalated to this point of ethnic cleansing. There is not much we can do, for most money sent to these countries is stolen in customs, but the least we can do is recognize that this is going on.
We can educate ourselves about real issues like this, not about what shoes Melania Trump is wearing.
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